Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Weekend

It's the 4th of July weekend! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. We're kind of taking things easy.

As an update on Will's IEP (which I was anxious about) things went GREAT! We got the services we wanted and overall are satisfied with his goals. Thing is, Will has normal development and is incredibly smart but just has a major speech problem. Not being able to speak and express himself impacts his emotions, socialization and it can be difficult to have a clear marker of his learning (since he can't explain verbally what he knows).

Basically the goals are normal pre-school level stuff: recognize shapes & colors, count to 10, begin letter recognition, initiate and actively participate in play with peers, etc...

But the important stuff is along the lines of speech, like have him speak in 3-5 word sentences with clarity others can understand.

It was good to have Will's therapists there who made sure to have things clearly stated (they are more experienced in IEP writing) and were on our side. We didn't really have to fight for anything because we were all in agreement. The OT did speak up more about being sure documentation in his IEP referenced his struggle with fine motor skills as well as transitioning so it can be a focus in his preschool if it does impact his other development goals.

I'm very happy with the outcome and I think Will will enjoy school in the fall.


I don't remember if I blogged about it before, but our van was overheating *gasp* with weather in the 100's. This wasn't good considering we just had the water pump and some belts replaced and engine fan work done in March. Thankfully it wasn't a big deal (like a cracked head). Just needed a new thermostat, radiator cap and there was some electrical problems with some of the fans... so about $300 later our van is drivable again!

And then! and then! and then! Our vacuum died.

Not a real shocker there. It's been on its last leg for quite some time now. Ryan purchased the vacuum after her graduated high school and was living on his own in the Air Force. So it was probably around 10 years old. Strangely enough, last week I said that with this paycheck I was going to buy a new vacuum because I felt the one we had was going to give out. It wasn't sucking very strong and would spit out pieces of cracker or cheerios that other vacuums would get. I was tired of fighting with it and fearing it would blow up on me while I was working.

Hubby wasn't on the same page at the time.

But then HE was vacuuming just yesterday and it literally flew apart. And, no, I did not sabotage it. I don't even think I know how!

Today we got our new one. LOVE IT! Ryan is impressed with how strong it is and how well it works. Our carpet feels so incredibly different now that this vacuum can get the dirt out the other left behind. I look forward to a very thorough vacuuming followed by some steam cleaning.

How sad is it that I'm excited about domestic work?

Besides getting the vacuum I also had to go to Old Navy. Good sales going on right now and I needed to get the shirts for the 4th of July. Between the sales and then getting 10% discount for sending some flip-flops to the troops, I spent about $55 for around $90 worth of clothing/shoes/hats. Awesome, right?

This year we're talking about going somewhere to actually see fireworks. I heard there was something going on at the Balloon Fiesta Park so we might go there Monday evening. No fireworks of any kind are allowed on the base... not even sparklers or smoke bombs. And with as dry as it has been here I would like to go somewhere "safe" to enjoy a fireworks show. I'm sure the kids will like it too.

And finally... I'm supposed to sing my solo at church in the morning. Right now my throat hurts from the practicing I did today so I hope it feels better. I finally decided on a version of "God Bless America" since the other songs I was debating on could not be found in a key I could sing in. By the way, the Bibles Plus store here in Albuquerque (where I finally found the performance track) is the best Bible book store I think I've ever been in. Very awesome! I could definitely spend some money in there.

I'll let you know how the performance goes.


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